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16 April 2009 @ 01:41 pm
mondegreen  
It's not Wednesday, and this community has been silent since almost a year. But a certain word threw itself in my way, and I thought I share it with you.

mondegreen

A mondegreen means a misunderstood phrase or line of lyrics. It comes from an old Scottish ballad in which the lyric "laid him on the green" has been confused over time with "Lady Mondegreen."

Among the best-known modern examples are: "There's a bathroom on the right" in place of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "There's a bad moon on the rise" and "'Scuse me, while I kiss this guy" in place of "kiss the sky" in the 1967 Jimi Hendrix classic "Purple Haze."